Health Promotion

University of Mississippi

Dimensions of Wellness

Wellness is the responsibility of each individual to actively maintain a balance and integration of physical, mental/emotional, social, environmental, occupational/intellectual, and spiritual well-being (Hoeger, Turner, & Hafen, 2002). These are the six dimensions of wellness depicted in the image above. All of the dimensions work together and if one is lowered, for example emotional health, then all of the remaining dimensions are also impacted. One dimension does not thrive unless others are also thriving. A high level of wellness leads to personal health, or a state of well-being beyond the absence of disease (World Health Organization [WHO], 1948).

The model used by our department includes: environmental, intellectual, mental/emotional, physical, social, spiritual, financial and sexual health.

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